"Betty Jeans Story" Adoption, Forensic and Genetic DNA
9 April 2002 / 10 a.m. DST
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“She said, ‘You know I am adopted…’” Betty Jean’s searched for her family once. In the 1950’s she and her husband visited the county records office to discover what they could about her birth. The file they were shown was empty. There was nothing to see. Many years later when a call comes in about family records Betty Jean may have, her search began anew. Travel with Mags as she unravels the levels of intricacy involved in finding the birth family of Betty Jean using forensic genealogy and DNA.
Mags Gaulden is a professional genealogist specializing in genetic genealogy as the founder of Grandma’s Genes in Ottawa. Growing up in a family full of family historians, Mags was primed to become a genealogist.
After earning her Bachelors Degree from Columbia College, she began to work her own genealogy as a “hobby.” This 35-year “hobby” eventually led her to a leader role with WikiTree, where she currently leads: The DNA Innovators Project and The United Empire Loyalist Project. She also leads the Gaulden, McElmoyle, and Templeton Name Studies and the Gaulden, McElmoyle, and Templeton DNA Group Projects.
Mags is an international genetic genealogy lecturer, blogger, and social media maven. She serves as admin for Facebook groups, including the ISOGG Facebook Group. She is a former member of the Canadian Casualty Identification Team.
Through her non-profit work with mitoYDNA.org, Mags and other genetic genealogists are providing a free and accessible YDNA and mtDNA database for the genealogy community. “Doing DNA Right” (mitoYDNA.org)